Wednesday, March 27, 2019
News 12 at 6 o'clock/NBC at 7
FORT GORDON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Fort Gordon is making way for their new cyber center. That includes tearing down Greely Hall to make way for the new center.
"They train about 15,000 soldiers every year so this kind of project is a game changer for the cyber field And Greely Hall is just one of 4 buildings being knocked down to make more training space for the Cyber Center of Excellence," said Major General John Morrison, the commander of the Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon.
Saluting the future and an almost $1 billion investment by the Army.
"It's nice to see the vision that the Army had of making Fort Gordon the home of cyber for the Army come to fruition,” said Morrison.
"I think this is the ends of a Greely building," said Alice Delancey Greely-Nelson, the great-granddaughter Major General Greely, the person the building was named after.
The sign was covered and the plaque once mounted on the building for more than half a century was handed over to the Greely family. What once were classrooms, where soldiers studied, will transform.
"The first facility that will come up will be a classified facility and that is in short supply on post,” said Morrison.
Major General Greely's great grand-daughter could not be more proud.
"Anything that can help us and help the world is a wonderful thing," said Alice.
It's not the only this building that is getting a new look. Sixteen other buildings will be torn down, with some turning into parking lots.
Seven other buildings will be restored and renovated.
The cyber campus will center around the signal tower.
“When these facilities are complete it’s going to be world-class training with world-class facilities for the worlds best operators,” said Morrison.
Commanding General John Morrison says it's bittersweet to see Greely go but it's critical to be able to train soldiers at a higher level.
“A little bitterness, ehh just a little but a lot more sweetness as we modernize the entire campus," said Morrison.
A project this big is going to take some time. What used to be Greely Hall will be done in 2022 and the hope is the whole cyber campus will be complete in 2027.